Submarine Service barracks, bases and work shops
Please help us to complete this page. So contact us if you have any additional info (or photos) on any Dutch Submarine base/station/barracks/building/etcetera! We also would like to know when all of the shown buildings where in use by the submarine service.
Den Helder - Dundee - Faslane - Rotterdam - Soerabaja - Vlissingen - IJmuiden - The ones we forgot - .........
|Main Dutch Submarine Service Base|
|Den Helder||? - 1940?|
|Dundee, Scotland||1940? - 1945?|
|Rotterdam||1945? - 1961|
|Den Helder||1961 - 16 June 1978|
|Den Helder, Willemsoord||? - 1940?|
|Den Helder, Basisgracht? Buitenveld?||? - 16 June 1978|
|....................................||Dundee||Officer baracks||? - ?|
|....................................||Soerabaja||?||? - ?|
Corporal and sub-officer baracks
|Den Helder, Nieuwe Haven||16 June 1978 - Today|
|..........................................||Soerabaja||Technical workshop||15 Sept 1978 - ?|
|..........................................||Waalhaven||Staff and stores||16 June 1978 - Today|
|Dundee, Scotland||1940? - 1945?|
|Faslane, Scotland||? - Today|
|Rotterdam||1945? - 1961|
|Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies||? - ?|
|Vlissingen||? - ?|
|IJmuiden||? - ?|
As one can see this table is far from complete.
Please contact us if you have any additional information.
Den Helder Naval Base (Willemsoord), 2001
Demolition of the "Dundee" building, former Submarine Service Officer's baracks, Den Helder June 2005 . (Photo: © Collection J.J. Kragten)
The "Waddenzee" building, former "Waalhaven" building which was used as Submarine Service Corporals and Sub-Officers baracks, Den Helder June 2005. (Photo: © Collection J.J. Kragten)
Zeeleeuw (1) and Walrus (1) moored in front of the Submarine Service barracks at the Basingracht. Den Helder, time period unknown. The building in the center is named "Dundee" and the one on the right "Waalhaven", but was later renamed 'Waddenzee". (Photo: © P. Jansen)
Picture postcard of the 'Mariniers Kapel' marching past the Submarine Service barracks in Den Helder, time period unknown. (Postcard: © Collection J.J. Kragten)
Mine & Submarine -Service barracks in Den Helder, time period unknown. (Photo: © Collection J.J. Kragten)
Dutch Submarine Service base at Den Helder, 1926. After WWII this became the Mine Service base (Photo: © Collection www.DutchSubmarines.com)
Dutch Submarine Service base at Den Helder. Year unknown, but probably between 1917 and 1934.. In the background the Bergingsvaartuig and in the fore ground what looks like tender Cornelis Drebbel (1) together with two O-class boats. On the other jetty one can see four O-class boats, including the O 8 (in the middle of the three) and the M 1 (on the other side of the jetty). (Photo: © Collection J. Klootwijk)
Dutch Submarine Service base at Den Helder. Year unknown. Note the submarine and the Cornelius Drebbel? in the foreground. (Photo: © Collection Maarten Noot)
Map of Den Helder about 1920. Depicting the location of the Dutch Submarine Service Buildings (Barracks) at the Bassin. (Map kindly provided by J. Klootwijk)
Dutch Submarine Service base in Den Helder. In the background O 4, O 5 , O 3 and O 2. In the foreground K XIII and O 9, but probably between 1920 and 1930. Note the for a submarine unusually high mounting O 9's deck gun. (Photo: © Collection www.DutchSubmarines.com)
(Former?)Submarine -Service barracks in Den Helder with O 7 in front of it , time period unknown. (Photo: © Collection J.J. Kragten)
Of course Faslane (Scotland) is not a Dutch submarine base at all. But Dutch subs visit it so often that it is almost a second home.
Faslane (Scotland) submarine base. Year unknown.
Group of submarines visiting Faslane in order to celebrate the Clyde Submarine Base anniversary. In the centre the Dutch Bruinvis. Faslane May 29 2001 (Photo: © David McArthur).
One of the Dutch Submarine Service buildings in Dundee, WWII.. (Photo: © Collection www.DutchSubmarines.com)
When moving from Rotterdam to Den Helder the Submarine Service also took their sign with them, Rotterdam 1961. (Photo: © Peter Janssen)
Barracks at the Submarine Service Rotterdam Waalhaven base, year unknown. (Photo: © Peter Brouwers)
H.R.H. Prince Bernard visiting the Submarine Service Waalhaven Base in Rotterdam, 1946. Note the bunkers (originally WWII German S-Boat bunkers) in the background. (Photo: © Collection J.J. Kragten / Traditiekamer OZD)
Dutch Submarine Service docks and workshops at Soerabaja, year unknown. (Photo: © Collection www.DutchSubmarines.com)
Dutch Submarine Service docks and in Soerabaja, year unknown. (Photo: © Collection www.DutchSubmarines.com)
Officers' pavilion of the Soerabaja Submarine Base, year unknown. (Photo: © Collection J. Klootwijk)
Soerabaja naval base, Jan 1934. Korporaal Torpedomaker Maarten Klootwijk standing next to the "rembank". The "rembank" is probably an apparatus for testing the propulsion engine of a torpedo. Please contact us in case you have more information about the "rembank". (Photo: © Collection J. Klootwijk).
Caption updates: In May 2005 the IMH writes to J. Klootwijk: "A rembank is a sort of trial stand for the torpedo engine......such a rembank was available in the Netherlands as well as in the Dutch East Indies. The rembank was operated and serviced by the torpedomakers."
Soerabaja naval base: Torpedo workshop with Royal Netherlands Navy personnel in casual outfit! Note the tail end and middle part of a torpedo respectively in the center and at right, 1933-1936. (Photo: © Collection J. Klootwijk)
Soerabaja naval base: Local workers (in those days named koelies) transporting a torpedo, Dec. 1933. Note: the warhead has been removed. (Photo: © Collection J. Klootwijk)
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